LEE DOUGLAS: Ready for Pontefract return

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We half-expected that Selby would be the last game of our season, but we are more than ready to head down to Pontefract again after it was announced we have to replay the postponed game again.

Looking at the guys and their availability, it appears they’re up for it.

That always gives you an indication of how much they want it and I expect us to travel down with a strong squad for the game.

We are missing one or two guys, Eamon Chapman has hurt his shoulder and Graeme Jeffrey is away, but he would have expected the season to be over so it’s no hassle.

And we should go there full of confidence after two really good wins on the bounce in Yorkshire One.

Selby flew out of the blocks on Saturday and stunned us with two tries in the first 10 minutes.

But after that early onslaught we took charge of the game and put in a really good performance.

We got the shape right and hit them hard after that and we played some really good rugby.

They ended up having to chase the game and left gaps open for us and we exploited them.

That’s what being put under pressure does to you.

The way the guys responded with free-flowing, expansive rugby was great to see.

I have great confidence in this team and their ability and they seem to be enjoying their rugby at the moment, which is fantastic after such a disappointing defeat against Bridgnorth in the National Cup semi-finals.

Pontefract are struggling near the bottom of the league, but they will be just as keen as us to finish the season on a high with a victory.

They were giving us a good contest last time we went down and I expect more of the same come Saturday.

They didn’t offer too much up front but looked strong in the centres, and we will need to be ready for that.

The guys should be confident though, they are playing well and producing good performances and there’s no reason why we can’t get another win to end the season on a high.

It was a great weekend for the club, with the annual Breakaway Tours Festival held at Silver Royd on both Saturday and Sunday.

It’s a phenomenal event for everyone associated with the club and draws in rugby players, fans and volunteers from all over the country.

The festival showcases our facilities and the club in general superbly and long may it continue.

Hopefully going forward we can replicate that success on the field.